NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Fordham’s Jessica Hughes was named the Atlantic 10 Softball Player of the Week while teammate Lauren Quense earned Pitcher of the Week. Also honored was Fordham’s Taylor Stocks who was named Rookie of the Week. The awards were based off performances from games held Mar. 6-12.
Hughes, the sophomore second baseman slashed .533/.650/1.067 through the first five games of the Florida Atlantic Tournament. Against Ball State she had a walk-off RBI triple in the bottom of the seventh for a 2-1 win. Hughes had the go-ahead run with a three-run home run in a 13-2 run-rule victory over Brown. Hughes started the weekend off with a 2-for-3 showing against Rutgers with a RBI double and a run scored. In a loss at Florida International, the Sewell, N.J. native was hitless in two at bats but reached twice via walk, plus one stolen base. Against Ball State, she was 2-for-4 and against Illinois State on Sunday, she was 1-for-2 with two walks. Against Brown, she enjoyed a 3-for-4 day at the plate with the home run, a triple, five RBI, two runs, and a stolen base.
Quense, a Langhorne, Pa. native made three starts this weekend and put up a 1-2 record. The pitcher held a 1.35 ERA over those contests because of eight unearned runs due to errors around the field. In 20.2 innings, she allowed just 19 hits and five walks to go with seven strikeouts. The games were close, with a 12-10 combined score. Quense is 12-3 on the year with a 2.05 ERA.
Stocks recorded victories in both appearances this past week. Against Rutgers, the freshman came on in relief of Quense and fired four innings of one-run ball, with just two hits and two walks allowed, plus two strikeouts, to grab the victory. The pitcher from Bunker Hill, W.Va., started against Brown the following day and posted her first complete game in five innings, with two runs allowed, on eight hits, no walks, and another pair of strikeouts. For the week, Stocks enjoyed a 2-0 record and 1.56 ERA in 9.0 innings.